Originally Posted by gabedude
Go to Kinugawa.com and get a twinscroll 18G. I have tuned many 18Gs and 16Gs on the 2.0L. The 2.0L loves the 18G much more than the 16G, and especially with meth injection or even better, E85. Every EJ205 I tuned was stronger than my EJ257 when it had stock pistons. For cast piston motors, I would only want a 2L.
For a twinscroll I would need a new exhaust manifold right? I have a p&p manifold and don't really want to buy a new one. I'm on the fence whether to put in a VF48 (earlier spool and less topend, but I'd rather have more topend) or 18G. I'm just gunshy of the 18G for the possibility of blowing motor/trans.
Originally Posted by ogboot
I've been researching Kinugawa for a couple of years now, verifying their reliability as a MFG. Pulled the trigger on a T518Z for my stock ej205, just looking for a "mild" upgrade from stage 2. Will post unboxing, impressions, etc.
Self tuned the Stg2 setup, looking forward to getting the tune laid down for the new turbo as well.
I may eat crow, but I feel like they're a good product and not just another "ebay knockoff". I'm glad these turbos are getting more exposure here, it seems they're known to be very reliable in other circles, just not on NASIOC (yet). Plus, they offer some configurations that aren't advertised anymore by the other MFGs.
Why did you decide on the T518Z housing? It's just effectively a bigger housing with higher A/R right?